SACRED BANUMBIRR CEREMONY // ELCHO ISLAND

On expedition to Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, we were extremely fortunate to witness GALI YALKARRIWUY GURRUWIWI performing the Morning-Star Pole Ceremony.
Gali is a traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) Mala Leader and Galpu clan representative.
Gali was taught traditional art forms, the stories and laws from his father (Gapuka) before he passed away, and was given the laws and responsibilities of being custodian of the sacred feathered ceremonial Banumbirr (morning-star pole) for the Galpu Clan.
The Banumbirr is a ceremonial emblem and an essential part of ritual. It is most commonly used in mortuary ceremonies and is held by men whilst dancing. The individual poles can differ, depending on the ceremony, the artist's clan, and their stories. The poles are statements about identity and can represent specific stretches of country and the people it belongs to. They are also a part of spiritual/religious statements that binds the people in life and death.                       // A truly exceptional experience //

  Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi

Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi